BRO Achieves Milestone: Breaks Through 2.79-km Sungal Tunnel Along Jammu-Poonch Highway

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BRO Achieves Milestone: Breaks Through 2.79-km Sungal Tunnel Along Jammu-Poonch Highway


The Border Roads Organisation achieves a breakthrough in the construction of the 2.79-km Sungal tunnel along the Jammu-Poonch national highway, marking significant progress in enhancing connectivity and defense infrastructure in the region. Once completed, the project aims to reduce travel time between Jammu and Poonch by almost half, while driving economic prosperity in the border region.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has reached a significant milestone in its efforts to enhance connectivity and strengthen defense infrastructure along the Jammu-Poonch national highway. With the breakthrough of the 2.79-kilometer Sungal tunnel, the project is progressing rapidly, marking a pivotal moment in the region's development.

Led by BRO chief Lt Gen Raghu Srinivasan, the breakthrough ceremony underscores the strategic importance of the Jammu-Poonch link, which is vital for both connectivity and defense preparedness. Lt Gen Srinivasan highlighted the importance of this project in light of the challenges posed by nefarious activities from neighboring regions, aimed at disrupting peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

The completion of the Sungal tunnel, along with the previously achieved breakthrough at the Naushera tunnel, signifies significant progress towards reducing travel time between Jammu and Poonch by nearly half, from eight hours to a more manageable duration. These tunnels, along with road widening efforts, will ensure all-weather connectivity and safer travel conditions for residents and travelers alike.

Importantly, the development of the 200-kilometer Akhnoor-Poonch section of the highway is expected to not only improve connectivity but also drive economic prosperity in the border region. Better roads are anticipated to attract investors and pave the way for large-scale development projects, further bolstering the region's growth.

Looking ahead, the BRO aims to complete the project by 2026, with a focus on connecting remote areas with major centers in the Jammu-Poonch region. The organization remains steadfast in its commitment to strengthening defense infrastructure along the Line of Control (LoC) and Line of Actual Control (LAC) through the construction and upgrading of strategic roads.

Under the banner of Project Sampark, the BRO is dedicated to creating, connecting, caring, and saving lives in the regions it serves. With a belief in the transformative power of roads, the organization is rededicating itself to the construction of border road infrastructure, driving socio-economic progress and fostering a safer, more connected future for all.

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